NADA chief lauds India's rating at international conference

“India’s rating is good. It has improved to 71 per cent. The stress was on strengthening anti-doping programmes in various countries and enhance compliance,” said NADA Director General Navin Agarwal after the International Convention against Doping in Sport conference.

“There are several countries which want to comply with the code but are not able to do so due to the lack of education and awareness," said NADA chief Navin Agarwal.   -  SHIV KUMAR PUSHPAKAR

The world anti-doping code compliance of the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) was a matter of pride for India in the sixth conference of the International Convention against Doping in Sport, which was organised by the UNESCO in Paris recently.

“India’s rating is good. It has improved to 71 per cent. The stress was on strengthening anti-doping programmes in various countries and enhance compliance,” said NADA Director General Navin Agarwal on his arrival from Paris on Thursday.

“There are several countries which want to comply with the code but are not able to do so due to the lack of education and awareness. So the importance was on propagating value based education programme on anti-doping.”

Agarwal said the need to support poor countries in the field of anti-doping was also discussed at the conference.

Sharing his views on the some lingering anti-doping cases, including that of well-known shot-putter Inderjeet Singh, in the country, Agarwal said, “Inderjeet has been asking for a witness who is not willing to depose before the panel. We cannot force anyone to depose. So we are proposing legislation on this.”

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